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Aug 4, 2013 8:00am PDT
quote . i think the most amazing thing, one of the most amazing things in this whole episode, martha, is that there is a 2011 opinion,
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Aug 4, 2013 8:00am PDT
quote one of the most amazing things in this whole episode, martha, is that there is a 2011 opinion, 86 pages long from the fisa court that ruled, that much of what the nsa is doing which is spying on american citizens is both unconstitutional in violation of the fourth amendment and illegal, a violation of the statute. this opinion remains a complete secret. the fisa court has said they have no objection to having it released, but the obama administration insists it has to be secret. both members of congress and
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Aug 4, 2013 8:00am PDT
quote are trying to make a name for themselves. >> thank you very much for joining us. >> good. >> thank you, martha.
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Aug 24, 2013 3:30pm PDT
ground treating thousands of patients, revealing the symptoms tonight. abc's martha raddatz standing by in the region. yosemite on fire. our team inside the park tonight. how close are the flames to sites. a major city, that fire threatening power and water. remember the dream. tonight the march to washington 50 years after the reverend martin luther king made that dream first. how his "i have a dream" speech is being kept alive. and an american voice silenced. ♪ you're no good, baby you're no good ♪ >> singer linda rostadt revealed, the condition that has stolen her voice. >>> good evening, great to have you with us on a saturday night. we begin with that growing urgency over syria. american warships being repositioned, what is coming next? president obama in a rare white house meeting with his national security advisors today. this prompted the meeting. growing proof that chemical weapons might have been used to kill more than 1,000 in syria, among them so many children. tonight volunteers, doctors without borders, inside syria, treating patients. now revealing the symptoms the
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Aug 2, 2013 5:30pm PDT
overseas. and our martha raddatz reporting on the targets and the race to intercept the plot. >>> breaking news on food safety. what caused that mystery outbreak that sickened hundreds of people? >>> an explosion of pet nappers. the new way thieves nab your dog. and the woman leading a pet detective to find them. >>> and our persons of the week, oprah winfrey with forest whitaker, a provocative conversation on family and race in america, and her return to acting. get ready for an oprah like never before. >>> good evening to you on this friday night. as we all head into this weekend together, another reminder of this uncertain world. there is a worldwide alert that al qaeda is looking for a moment to strike. today the state department issuing an alert warning americans overseas, that a plot is under way. but are there specific targets, and what should americans do? abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, tracking all the latest developments for us tonight. martha? >> today's global travel alert comes as the state department is preparing to shut down more than 20 embassies
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Aug 4, 2013 8:00am PDT
with george stephanopoulos" starts now. >>> good morning. i'm martha raddatz. george has the morning off. it's great to have you with us. and we begin with breaking news as more than 20 embassies and consulates are closing around the world right now. and here at home, increased security measures are now in place. abc news has learned this morning that the intercepted communications that led to the alert indicate terrorists are planning an attack that is going to be big and, quote, strategically significant. yesterday the white house held an hour's long meeting, high-level meeting with the country's top national security officials to discuss the response to the threat, and we've just learned what went on at that meeting, so let's go straight to jon karl, who is at the white house, and, jon, it sounds like the national security community is really spooked by this. >> reporter: no doubt about that, martha. the high-level meetings here at the white house over the weekend are a sign of just how seriously the u.s. is taking this threat. in fact, officials tell us they believe that there ar
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Aug 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
action, after new and gruesome images? abc's martha raddatz, standing by. >>> taking on trump. the state attorney general is suing donald trump tonight, after spending over 35 grand to attend trump university. what did they get in return? >>> and the little boy and his bravery. calling 911. >> someone's trying to break into my house. >> what he does, and that calming voice at the other end. >> you're doing good. you're doing real good. doing perfect. your mom's going to be so proud of you. >>> good evening and thanks for being here on a sunday night. and we do begin with the new threat this evening. the fierce winds now fueling the fire, burning in yosemite national park. winds expected through the evening and tonight, not only are fire crews trying to keep the flames from reaching thousands of homes, they are batting to protect those famous giant sequoias, the ancient treasures of the park. the fire has not reached them yet, but so many other trees the fire has reached. 133,000 acres, a huge part of the park, already charred. just listen to it tonight. the sound of the bone dry ti
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Aug 27, 2013 5:30pm PDT
direct hit on the united states? our martha raddatz is in the region with the news. >>> extreme weather forcing children to cool off in ice cubes, schools closed in six states and out west have fearless firefighters stopped the blaze near yosemite. >>> watch dog, we find $1 million of taxpayer money going to waste in a closet. trying to get action tonight. >>> hidden world, the closed life of the amish, is it finally exposed and is there really an amish mafia? >> good evening. as we begin tonight, the clock is ticking on u.s. military action in syria. the white house says a decision is near and u.s. war ships are in position. and the rest of the world is also joining the debate about what kind of action and exactly when. the goal, to stop a man using brutal chemical weapons 5,000 miles away. abc's martha raddatz has it all from the middle east. >> reporter: he is the man at the center of this horror. a brutal dictator who the vice president said today is undeniably responsible for gassing his own innocent people. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of ch
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Aug 5, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, in effect declaring war on one of its biggest stars. >>> terror alert, abc's martha raddatz with breaking news on the message from al qaeda that led to the worldwide warnings. >>> and sharks swarming the shores, jumping out of the water. our sam champion jumps in to find out why shark attacks are on the rise. >>> a good evening to you on this monday night and tonight america's sport, major league baseball, is making good on a promise to clean up the game. 12 big stars banned for the rest of the season for cheating with drugs. while another one, superstar alex rodriguez, vows to fight to the bitter end. there he is showing up for the game tonight. abc's matt gutman at his home field, yankee stadium, tonight. matt? >> reporter: it seemed that major league baseball wanted to make an example of its highest paid player, specifically mentioning the types of substances he allegedly abused, including testosterone and human growth hormone. this suspension could cost him $30 million. >> reporter: tonight, despite that suspension, alex rodriguez is still swinging. smacked with what could be
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Aug 21, 2013 12:35am PDT
thousand people were killed this month. chief correspondent martha raddats has more. >> reporter: good evening from cairo, this is the first interview that egypt's prime minister has done since the military's presidential crackdown on its own people. it has been the most violent week in the modern history of egypt. a military crackdown that has pushed this country to the edge of civil war, leaving one of america's great allies in this region awash in blood. last month, i witnessed peaceful protests here. when i returned yesterday, i found a country with scars that will take decades to heal. it began with the military ousting of mohammed morsi, egypt's first-ever democratically elected president and the leader of the muslim brotherhood party. morsi supporters refused to stop demonstrations, despite threats from the military. which moved in last wednesday to crush them. more than a thousand people have been killed. thousands more injured in the past week, the military intervention sparked outrage in the u.s. and across the world. fors first time, we got an explanation from the inte
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Aug 22, 2013 12:35am PDT
spring? our martha raddatz is there. >>> and this is not your typical sports car, going from zero to 60 in seconds. and it may even be the safest car in america. we hit the road with the man on a mission to change the way we drive forever. >>> and come under fire. >>> stand down now! >> how a brave mother stopped the gunman, just the latest heroic woman to diffuse the violent situation. keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60 >>> this time, it appears deadly chemical weapons were used. potentially one of the worst war atroc atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies, pinpointing the people -- gurgling is usually consistent with a t
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Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
in israel children try on gas masks. martha raddatz is there. >>> tonight the yo-yo sale. our brian ross fighting to keep you from paying more money on a car you just bought. >> you sold her a car and now you want her to pay more for it. >> no. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight we have breaking news. the president has moved the nation one step closer to military action against syria. he said he is certain that the order to fire those chemical weapons came directly from the syrian government. and he seemed to leave little doubt that america is moving toward action. the mid east region is on a new kind of alert tonight and abc's martha raddatz is there in jerusalem. >> reporter: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt tonight in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would b
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Aug 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, mountains look like lava and fire creates a treacherous surprise. >>> tipping point, our martha raddatz in egypt and a new warning for america. >>> breaking news, the latest on what happened when 87-year-old icon dick van dyke explained that fiery car before it exploded. we'll tell you what we've learned. >>> the family photos are here, mom, dad and tiny prince george together at home. >> good evening on a monday night. as we come on the air it is man versus nature, and there is a map that says it all, a giant wildfire spreading through idaho and watch it grow over this weekend. bearing down now on sun valley and the vacation homes, the giant mansions of the rich and famous there. veteran firefighters are calling this fire a beast and abc's aditi roy is right there with them. >> reporter: fanned by west winds, the beaver creek wildfire burns deep in the hills near sun valley idaho, more than 100,000 acres scortched and 1,200 crews attacking the flames and smoke from above and below. firefighters are working against hot, dry weather and wind gusts turning the fire into tornado-like spira
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Aug 21, 2013 1:40am PDT
leader behind the brutal crackdown in egypt, he'll sit down with martha raddatz. to defend his tactics. >> how some game show winners could end up owing money. you're watching "world news now." put an end to this game ♪ ♪ before it's too late ♪ head games ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by ourtime.com. you by ourtime.com. but lately she's been coming in with less gray than usual. what's she up to? the new root touch-up by nice'n easy has the most shade choices, designed to match even salon color in just 10 minutes. with the new root touch-up, all they see is you. ♪ ♪ >>> all right. egypt is america's biggest foreign policy head ache right now. president obama and his security team met yesterday to decide how to respond. >> abc's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz traveled to cairo for an exclusive interview with the man at center of the crisis there. >> he is one of the most powerful men in egypt right now, a civilian leader behind the military's brutal crackdown on its own people. >> no country will allow to have a paramilitary people takin
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Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm PDT
disturbing, as abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, tonight searches for the truth. >> reporter: the pictures are gut wrenching, the rebels fighting the regime say these are mothers, fathers, children killed while they slept in their homes in a damascus suburb. they say the syrian regime fired rockets on its own people, rockets carrying poisonous gas, leaving the innocent convulsing, foaming at the mouth, suffocating. >> i would be surprised if it turned out to be a fake. >> reporter: the images are impossible to verify for certain, and the assad regime denies the attack, saying the allegations are baseless. but we showed the pictures to a weapons expert. >> the only explanation i can see is this looks like this fellow's nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: the white house said today it is deeply concerned, but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day president obama warning syria about crossing a red line. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red lin
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Aug 4, 2013 7:00am PDT
for more on all of this, let's go to abc news chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz who is in washington where she's filling in for george on "this week" this morning. martha, we've got beefed up security, both here in the u.s. and overseas. should we read into this that american officials think there's a truly imminent threat here, or is this really out of an abundance of caution? >> it is out of an abundance of caution, but it is also a very real and very serious threat. as nick said, it comes out of yemen. yemen is such a dangerous place, and if you look at the history of yemen, that's where the underwear -- the so-called underwear bomber came from and tried to get that bomb on a plane to go off. that's what they're worried about. that's why the domestic threat and the domestic warnings because they don't know whether this will be on an airplane, an air base, an embassy, a consulate. they don't know, so they want to be very cautious about this. what they do know is that they have these intercepts, and the terrorists in yemen have said it will be a significant strike, a s
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Aug 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >>> tipping point, our martha raddatz in egypt and a new warning for america. >>> breaking news, the latest on what happened when 87-year-old icon dick van dyke explained that fiery car before it exploded. we'll tell you what we've learned. >>> the family photos are here, mom, dad and tiny prince george together at home. >> good evening on a monday night. as we come on the air it is man versus nature, and there is a map that says it all, a giant
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Aug 23, 2013 5:30pm PDT
be involved. abc's martha raddatz in the region on what it was the president said. >> reporter: these are the images that have had the white house huddled in marathon meetings. the suspected chemical attack, syrian women, children, estimates ranging upward of 1,000 killed. >> what we've seen indicates this is clearly a big event of grave concern. >> reporter: speaking to cnn, the president raising the stakes. >> that starts getting to some core national interests that the united states has. >> reporter: syria's chaos. its chemical weapons and its breeding of terror, a threat to the entire region and our key ally, israel. all of which could mean a threat to america. on the table, everything from missile strikes, on down to the formal arming of the rebels, which america has committed to, but still has not done. but those images of the suspected attack and that stunning milestone of a million children fleeing their homes has nations across the globe saying now is the time to act. david, the president does not want to go to war with syria. america does not want to go to war. but hi
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Aug 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
mysterious security concern. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. >> reporter: the threat is credible and serious. a senior u.s. official telling abc news, there is a "specific against a u.s. embassy or consulate, we just don't know what the specific target is." another u.s. official adding, "there could be other targets, not just embassies." beginning sunday, some of our biggest embassies will be closing. including egypt, iraq and kuwait. there has not been a mass closing of embassies and consulates due to an intelligence threat since the first anniversary of 9/11. normally an ambassador would make the determination, but this time it is washington ordering the embassies to close down. and while the closures right now are just for sunday, they could be extended for several days as u.s. intelligence works vigorously to get more specifics. diane? >> story still unfolding, thank you, martha raddatz. >>> also from overseas tonight guess who is leaving the airport? edward snowden who leaked government secrets walked out after 38 days in exile in the mos
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Aug 5, 2013 5:00pm PDT
declaring war on one of its biggest stars. >>> terror alert, abc's martha raddatz with breaking news on the message from al qaeda that led to the worldwide warnings. >>> and sharks swarming the shores, jumping out of the water. our sam champion jumps in to find out why shark attacks are on the rise. >>> a good evening to you on this monday night and tonight america's sport, major league baseball, is making good on a promise to clean up the game. 12 big stars banned for the rest of the season for cheating with drugs. while another one, superstar
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Aug 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
global affairs correspondent martha raddatz is in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: it's a terrible and urgent task. tonight the u.s. and u.n. racing to find out whether chemical weapons killed these men, women and children and just how many died. today a shocking new number from opposition groups revealed in washington. >> the most recent estimates we've seen range from 1,000 to 1800 which is obviously a broad range. >> reporter: the assad regime says the claims that it carried out a chemical attack are baseless. but the world is reacting swiftly and forcefully. as u.n. investigators beg for access to the site, the evidence may be quickly dissipating. david, tonight president obama has directed the intelligence community to do everything possible to find additional information about this suspected attack, but we don't know what the u.s. response would be. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. thank you. >>> also new word this evening on americans now believed to have joined the fight on the ground in syria potentially helping terrorist groups there. could those a
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Aug 20, 2013 5:30pm PDT
global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, has made her way to one of the men at the center of the crises and the crackdown to ask some tough questions. it's an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: he's one of the most powerful men in egypt right now and a civilian leader behind the military's brutal crackdown on its own people. >> no country will allow to have a paramilitary people taking the streets preventing simple inhabitants in the neighborhood not able to go out. >> but they were killed for doing that. >> we didn't provoke it. we asked them to go freely. we started by throwing only tear gas and they answered back by firing. >> reporter: the result? more than 1,000 egyptians dead, most of them for protesting the military seizing power. >> you do not believe security forces used excessive force at all? >> i cannot say that all the police are peaceful. of course there are some exceptions. i cannot say 100 percent, but i'm sure that by and large they try to abide. >> so no remorse for what happened? >> when you see people dying from one side or the other, you cannot say i have remor
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Aug 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. will the white house take action, after new and gruesome images? abc's martha raddatz, standing by. >>> taking on trump. the state attorney general is suing donald trump tonight, after spending over 35 grand to attend trump university. what did they get in return? >>> and the little boy and his bravery. calling 911. >> someone's trying to break into my house. >> what he does, and that calming voice at the other end. >> you're doing good. you're doing real good.
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Aug 28, 2013 5:00pm PDT
gas masks. martha raddatz is there. >>> tonight the yo-yo sale. our brian ross fighting to keep you from paying more money on a car you just bought. >> you sold her a car and now you want her to pay more for it. >> no. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight we have break
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Aug 15, 2013 11:00am PDT
, president obama pulled the plug. >> president obama made the announcement from his vacation on martha's vineyard. >> we want to sustain our relationship with egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. >> on top of canceling the military exercises the president is asking the national security team to look at taking additional steps in response to the violence in egypt. egyptian officials say more than 500 people were killed yesterday including 43 police officers, some their funerals were held today. also this morning, new violence in cairo's twin city of giza. angry supporters of morsi set two government buildings on fire. the muslim brotherhood is promising more protests until egypt runs to democracy. president obama says democracy in egypt is his hope, as well, but . >> america cannot determine the future of egypt. that is a task for the egyptian people. we don't take sides with any particular party or political figure. >> in response to the government buildings in giza being attorneyed, p
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Aug 27, 2013 7:00am PDT
. let's get right to the region where abc's martha raddatz is tracking all of this on the ground in amman, jordan. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george and elizabeth. this region is bracing for a possible military attack on syria, which could come soon. this morning potential targets have been identified, allies consulted, and military commanders await only the green light to launch attacks. these images seen around the world have had a profound effect in washington. secretary of state john kerry saying in no uncertain terms that what the assad regime has done will not go unpunished. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: for kerry the attacks seemed personal. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him. >> reporter: while the administration is convinced a chemical attack occurred, the u.n. is proceeding with its investigation. those
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Aug 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
national security advisers to discuss the situation. abc news chief global affairs correspondent martha raditz tells us what this could mean for the united states. >> evidence of a chemical attack in syria is mounting. new images showing the horror. the president spent the day huddled behind closed doors with his national security team, weighing the evidence and has military options. >> we are still gathering information about this particular event, but it is very troublesome. >> among the options on the table, targeting syrian military or government buildings cruise missiles. four navy warships are in the area with tomahawk missiles. u.s. fighter jets could also attack, firing from outside syrian airspace so pilots would be out of harm's way. >> the administration has been very forthcoming in saying that risk must be low. we cannot risk getting servicemen and women hurt, and we don't want to get pulled into another quagmire in the middle east. >> nothing will happen until the u.s. confirms the chemical attack. syrian state tv claims the rebels were behind the attack. abandoning the pos
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Aug 9, 2013 6:00am PDT
is getting ready for martha's vineyard vacation but, first, going before the white house press corps with tough questions he is expected to face today. >> but any, a california police chase leads a minivan to flip over and it does not end here. we will show you what happens next. >> the widow of apple co-founder is part of a new power couple with a high would >> covering daly city, dublin/pleasanton, los gatos and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> good morning, in emeryville to the west this is what you see in the bay bridge with the traffic moving across and the low clouds over san francisco. >> check out this video in the newsroom showing a high-speed chase in southern california. this happened last night and look how it ends, boom. police surrounded the van but the driver refused to come out. he finally surrendered and police say before he flipped the minivan he could be seen tossing out clothes and papers from the vehicle. >> a 50-year-old kidnapping is making headlines again this morning after months of investigation by abc7 news the f.b.i. is re-opening their investigatio
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Aug 10, 2013 7:00am PDT
his family begin their summer break today on martha's vineyard. when he returns to washington, all of the challenges are waiting for him. >> i try to picture moments in martha's vineyard when he marches michelle into the kitchen and shows off clean dishes. >> i'm curious what putin has to say about the slouch boy kid comment, as well. >> the translation of that must have been great. >> i'll tell you that next time. >>> now, to ron claiborne with the other top developing stories this morning. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, all but one of the american embassies that were closed last week because of terror concerns are now set to reopen tomorrow. the state department says 18 of the 19 embassies located throughout north africa and the middle east will reopen. the one however in yemen, that one will remain closed. >>> and fire crews are slowly getting control of a massive wildfire in southern california. the fire covering some 25-square miles or about 16,000 acres. officials say the fire is about 40% contained. more than two dozen homes have been destroyed and hundreds others e
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Aug 2, 2013 4:00pm PDT
martha raddis will be leading our coverage tonight. and also, coming up our persons of the week. it's oprah winfrey herself and forest whitaker and a conversation together a personal one about race, and family, and change in america. and its all after abc 7 news at 5:00. >>> washington state fish and wildlife department has hired )  officer whose job sit to protect puget sound orca population. the orca officer will patrol and make sure whale watching tours keep a safe distance. the population of 85 orcas have been listed as endangered. >> checking healthy living news fda will require a warning on bottles of the popular pain reliever saying the drug may cause skin reactions in people. it is found in numerous prescription and over the counter products designed to treat pain and reduce fever such as tylenol a cording to fda skin reactions are rare but could be deadly. s fda stepping in to make sure food was the gluten-free label live up to their claims. a new rule goes into affect today requiring companies to ensure their products contain less than 20 parts per are million of glut
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Aug 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
prison by the new military regime. abc's martha raddatz is in cairo with the very latest on this developing story. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, amy. stunning events across the region here this morning. meaning, there could be even more turmoil. this morning, hosni mubarak, egypt's former authoritarian ruler, ousted by an uprising, gets a release from prison. while his democratically-elected successor is still under detention. it was february 2011, when mass protests, the so-called arab spring, eventually forced mubarak to hand over power. mubarak ended up in prison on corruption and other charges. now, with the military back in power, where mubarak once served as a general, the court is allowing the 85-year-old to return home. although, under house arrest. >> that really shows that we're going through really, really bad scene right now. this is horrible. >> reporter: meanwhile, in nearby syria, a possible chemical weapons attack. heart-wrenching images of mothers, children, even infants. >> the only reasonable explanation in this case, probably some sort of ch
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Aug 21, 2013 1:05am PDT
the brutal crackdown in egypt, he'll sit down with martha raddatz. to defend his tactics. >> how some game show winners could end up owing money. you're watching "world news now." put an end to this game ♪ ♪ before it's too late ♪ head games
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Aug 20, 2013 7:00am PDT
on inside the american government, whether to cut off aid. martha raddatz is in cairo, live for us this morning. >>> we want to get to details of a serious medical scare for the family of vice president joe biden. his son, beau, in a texas hospital for testing. and jim avila has the latest. >> reporter: a rare press release from the vice president's office overnight, about the health of the vice president's son, beau biden. his symptoms can be considered serious because of family medical history. he's had a stroke 3 1/2 years ago and his father had an aneurysm at age 45. this morning, the vice president's office says the younger biden is undergoing tests at an undisclosed hospital in houston. his famous father by his side. >> he's the father i've always known, the grandfather my children love and adore. >> reporter: the 44-year-old is more than just the vice president's son. the attorney general of his home state of delaware. and an iraq war veteran. he's seen as a rising star in the democratic party. mentioned as a future governor or to one day fill his father's old senate seat. >
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Aug 9, 2013 4:00am PDT
out to martha's vineyard for vacation. john? >> kristin fisher in washington, thanks very much. >>> stay with abc news for the latest on the terror threat. we'll carry the president's news conference live from the white house. >>> after his news conference, the president meets with secretary of state john kerry. kerry is getting together today with his russian counterpart. the meeting comes two days after president obama canceled a summit meeting with president vladimir putin. the case of leaker edward snowden is on the agenda. >>> another major story this morning. the threat of more flooding hanging over the center of the nation again today. >> right now, it's raining from texas to the northeast. and in missouri, rescue teams were out in full force, searching for friends and family members. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: it was a dramatic scene that had two tennessee parents in a panic. little lauren, rescued from her family's attic by firefighters. her father, in shock. >> next thing you know, we're in the attic, trying to get the baby upstairs. and it's hard. it's sca
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Aug 30, 2013 7:00am PDT
on this from abc's chief global affairs anchor, martha raddatz. martha, we're hearing that they're ready to go alone. but hoping to put together some time of coalition. >> reporter: they are. time is running out, george. the president wishes he didn't have to go it alone. but he's entirely willing to do that. we have the warships, and cruise missiles, and a fifth destroyer packed with cruise missiles in the mediterranean. >> so much signaling now that it will be a strike. that's giving the syrians warnings and plenty of ability to prepare and counter that. >> reporter: there's reports out of syria, that the syrian regime is moving important people, experts, out of important buildings and airfields. and reports they are bringing busloads of other people in. that might mean they would have images of dead people they would say were caused by the bombs. or try to use them as human shields. which probably wouldn't work. >> the other big question, what kind of retaliation should the united states and the west expect in the event of a syrian strike? and you just came from israel, which is
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Aug 6, 2013 7:00am PDT
level. martha raddatz with new details on the urgent search now for vehicle bombs al qaeda reportedly wants to use in its next attack. >> shark, shark! >>> surviving "jaws." one woman's narrow escape facing off with a 14-foot great white shark battling with the beast to break free. now, she reveals her moment of terror, all caught on tape. >> will you marry me? >> yes. ♪ hey baby >> that will do. a blockbuster finale for "the bachelorette." did desiree really find love after having her heart broken? big questions this morning about that shocking ending. she said yes a thousand times, but was it to second best? the new couple here live. ♪ i think i want to marry you >>> good morning, everyone. did you see jimmy kimmel last night? that little bit he did on "the bachelorette"? >> funny. >> it was a moment. >> funny. that's fair to say. >> we'll share that ahead. >>> a dramatic moment though last night in chicago when alex rodriguez stepped up to the plate after being suspended for 211 games. >> as bizarre a season debut as we will see, capping one of the most bizarre days in the spor
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Aug 16, 2013 11:00am PDT
susan rice who is traveling with him. president obama is on vacation in martha's vineyard. he's scheduled to return to the white house on sunday. >>> officials are giving more details for the planned implosion of a building on the east bay campus. more than 1100 debt been set up. they want to keep the dust to the minimum. geologists are using the implosion as an opportunity to study the impact. so they have placed 600 sensors around the east bay to measure the movement. if you would like to see the implosion as it happens, we will be streaming it live for you on abc7news.com at 9:00 a.m. >>> still to come, why layoffs are just happening months after the grand opening. >>> and not welcome here. the iconic san francisco neighborhood is taking a stand against too many tour buses into. >>> plus, a >>> the low number of visitors at san francisco's new exploratorium is causing employee's jobs. the visitors have been much less than expected. >>> happening now, angry residents are gifving officials an earful over tour buses. they are saying that loads of private buses that take tours to
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Aug 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
unleashing chemical war. could he make a direct hit on the united states? our martha raddatz is in the region with the news. >>> extreme weather forcing children to cool off in ice cubes, schools closed in six states and out west have fearless firefighters stopped the blaze near yosemite. >>> watch dog, we find $1 million of taxpayer money going to waste in a closet. trying to get action tonight. >>> hidden world, the closed life of the amish, is it finally exposed and is there really an amish mafia?
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Aug 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
against its own people. abc's martha raddatz has been reporting all week from the region and she joins us from cairo now. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george. the u.s. is more convinced than ever before that this was a chemical attack and it is now up to president obama to decide what to do. the images, the evidence gathered in the attack have prompted this morning the u.s. secretary of state to issue the strongest statement to date, john kerry, saying the u.s. has very little doubt that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime last week killing hundreds or as many as a thousand syrian civilians. in the region this morning, possible options for a response are being discussed. the u.s. chairman of the joint chiefs and head of central command holding meetings with counterparts from across the region in amman. u.s. navy destroyers and submarines are now positioned in the mediterranean sea armed with cruise missiles ready to carry out strikes inside syria if the president orders them. fighter jets are at the ready, as well, although the jets themselves woul
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Aug 9, 2013 11:00am PDT
family at martha's vineyard. we will carry the news conference hive in a special report starting around noon. >> thousands of music fans are pouring into golden gate park to kickoff the first day of the music festival including paul mccartney headlines and 9" nails and features outstanding food and wine. the tickets are all sold out. >> if you are headed into the city you will have a lot of company because it starts at noon at golden gate park and thousands of 49er fans will descend on candlestick park with the giants playing the baltimore orioles at 1:05 and the south america's cup semi finals are at the embarcadero. everyone is urged to leave cars at home and take mass transit. >> for all the evens, if you are looking for warm weather, it will not happen. >> bundle up. especially this evening. it will be cool rapidly. everyone, take a look at show you what is going on, we will try to have a forecast for everyone. here is the outsidelands festival, still in the 50's at noon with more sunshine this afternoon and top out at 61. by 9:00, with paul mccartney, could be drizzle. do we
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Aug 25, 2013 9:00am PDT
. on "this week" chief global affairs correspondent martha raditz spoke with a former military official about what type of military action the u.s. should take, if any, to deal with syria. >> the president has said we want low risk, which really means we want low risk to u.s. personnel. so he does not want u.s. aircraft flying in to penetrate the dome, the sanctuary the syrians have created. we will use our bombers to launch stand-off weapons well outside the missile threat so our aircrews will not be in danger and can return home safely. >> meanwhile, lawmakers are urging president obama to act quickly. the white house says the president has not yet decided how to respond. >> season may they are ready for the obama administration to intervene. >> we are dealing with a dictator never been heard of, killing left and right, with a green light from the west. the more extension they give him, the more killing he's doing. >> last year president obama said the use of chemical weapons by syria would cross the line. people at the vigil say that line a has already been crossed repeatedly. >> we
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Aug 5, 2013 4:00pm PDT
look at what brought him to this moment. also, martha raddis with the latest news on the terror alert. what's happening at this moment. and swimming with sharks to find out why they're coming closer to beaches everywhere. he >>> checking healthy living news a popular class of blood pressure drugs may have a serious side affect for women who have taken cha is known as calcium channel blockers for 10 years or skmor have risk for two types of breast cancer. in the study elderly described as aged 55 or older. a study suggesting smoke smokers are more likely to have children who also smoke. researchers at wake forest baptist medical center found children of former smokiers and smokers were 3.2 times more likely to pick up the habit. researchers say genetics maybe be at the heart of this. this study publicke publicked -- published in journal pediatric autos an 8-year-old boy is raigz money to help his dog get around. the dog lost the use of his hind legs. the dog's young owner was determined to raise money to buy the dog a special wheelchair. he did it by selling keychains and magnets to hi
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Aug 2, 2013 7:00am PDT
martha raddatz joins us now with more from washington. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, josh. this morning, the u.s. intelligence community is doing everything possible to try and find out exactly what the target is, but the state department is not taking any chances. shutting down embassies across the muslim world. the concern is so great, the threat so specific, that some of america's biggest and most important embassies in the world are closing their doors. from egypt, to iraq, kuwait, bahrain, and afghanistan. every embassy and consulate in muslim countries will be closed on sunday. a senior u.s. official telling abc news, there is a specific threat, a concerted effort against a u.s. embassy or consulate. we just don't know what the specific target is. another u.s. official adding, there could be other targets, not just embassies. we just aren't sure. not since the first anniversary of 9/11 has there been a mass closing of embassies, due to an intelligence threat. >> the department has been apprised of information that out of an abundance of caution, indicates we co
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Aug 28, 2013 7:00am PDT
states, as well. starting with martha raddatz in the region, tracking all of the latest from jerusalem right now. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george. the u.s. has a slew of evidence about this chemical attack, including intercepted conversations between syrian commanders. the u.s. and its allies have had massive surveillance operations, aimed at syria, since the conflict began. focusing especially on its chemical weapons stockpiles, which contains hundreds of tons of mustard and sarin gas. satellite have been monitoring whatever possible. abc news has learned that part of the intelligence the u.s. has gathered in the apparent chemical attack of august 21st, came from just such an intercept, one with a syrian commander. foreign policy reports that one panicked call was between an official at the syrian ministry of defense, and the leader of a chemical weapons unit. this evidence, coupled with the horrific images, interviews with survivors and the doctors who treated them, is what has convinced the u.s. at the highest level, is no doubt that the attack, which likely
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Aug 29, 2013 1:40am PDT
syria. >> in syria fear of retaliation has people on the run. abc's martha raddatz has the latest. >> reporter: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at preventing another chemical attack, not in taking sides in syria's bloody civil war. there are dozens of potential targets. but likely, top among them, facilities storing vehicles which could launch chemical weapons like this storage depot near damascus. >> the president wants to prevent assad from using chemical weapons on his people again, but he can't hit the chemical weapons storage sites directly. >> reporter: if the u.s. wants to take aim at assad's military, it could strike the vital mezze airfield. or american missiles could lock on a symbolic target that would send a
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Aug 9, 2013 1:40am PDT
news conference. then the obama family travels to martha's vine yard for vacation. >> i've been to the restaurant. >> is it good? >> terrific. >> the president only takes the first lady to the best spots. >> i'm sure they enjoyed it. >> all eyes on new jersey for the mystery winners to come forward to claim the jackpot. a minnesota man who bought one of three tickets stepped up and got his share of $448 million prize. 45-year-old paul white, project engineer who said he has been waiting for this day his entire life. >> we went through them and sure enough they were right. i said i will have to call you back later. and i went whoo, ran around the office. >> divorced father of two of teenagers. he will take home $58 million after taxes. >> oh, to be paul. good for him. came right forward. yep, me. >> everyone has a different philosophy. do you hold back? hire a couple people? attorneys, financial advisers before you come out so you have somebody in your ear telling you what to do and what to say before you go into the public. some people come out. mine, give me my cash. >> i think he wil
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Aug 20, 2013 11:35pm PDT
obama is enjoying sports this summer, too. the obamas are vacationing in martha's vineyard right now. the president's been playing golf. and he was photographed in this position either golfing or taking a zumba class. [ laughter ] first black president, my ass. [ laughter ] and in sussex county, delaware on saturday they held the world series of softball. this is an international tournament for girls aged 14 to 16. a team from indiana beat the team from milan, italy 5-1. and the games weren't so interesting. but the pregame was great. before the game they asked the kids to give a bit of information about themselves, and, well, here's the italian team. >> hi. my name is laura vigazone. i like pizza and my home is pisa. play softball and listen to music. >> hi. my name is giasape. i'm a teacher and my favorite hobbies are playing softball and listen to music. >> my name is jessica. and i like listen to music. >> hi. my name is valeria pizadina and i love playing softball and listen to music. >> i'm melissa fabiano. i love play softball and listen to music. >> hi. my name is julia cante
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Aug 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
this morning. they returned to washington, d.c., last night after spending several days at martha's vineyard. and on his last day of vacation, the president spent some time on the golf course. now, the president has no public events on his schedule today. here's a breakdown of the president's trip by the numbers. he played six rounds of golf, made five outings to local restaurants, he had one date night with the first lady. the president made one on-camera statement regarding the crisis in egypt, and he played one game of basketball and thanks to abc news for compiling the numbers. >>> new this morning, vice president joe biden may be maneuvering toward a possible 2016 presidential run. today's edition of the "wall street journal" reports allies of the vice president are certain he can win the 2016 democratic nomination even if former secretary of state hillary clinton enters the race. and there's now talk that biden could set up a political action committee to help build goodwill for a possible campaign. sources say biden has made no decision about his future, but they add he has n
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Aug 24, 2013 7:00am PDT
. >>> make sure also to watch "this week" tomorrow for the latest on the situation in syria. martha raddatz will be anchoring live from the region. >>> meanwhile, the president spent the friday pushing his new education reform proposal. one of his stops, a town hall in binghamton, new york. among the president's proposals, reducing college costs for students and cutting law school from three years to two years. >>> vice president joe biden joined the president on his bus tour. and he made his first public comments about his son's health scare. beau biden was treated at a cancer center in houston this week, after experiencing weakness and disorientation. he was released on thursday. but very little has been said about what might be wrong there. speaking in his hometown of scranton on friday, biden assured everyone that beau was doing well. >> i just want you all to know, since so many of you have asked me about my son, not only good to be here. but things are good at home in delaware. my son, beau's, fine. >> good thing to hear there. beau biden had suffered a stroke back in 2010. an
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